Actual Innocence Awareness Database


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The Actual Innocence awareness database lists selected United States resources pertaining to wrongful convictions, selected from the popular media (such as newspaper articles and segments which aired on television news magazines), journal articles, books, reports, legislation and websites. The selected materials are classified into subtopics considered the primary causes of wrongful conviction: forensics/DNA; eyewitness identification; false confessions; jailhouse informants; police and/or prosecutorial misconduct; and ineffective representation. There is also a "general" topic for those materials which cover multiple subtopics or defy further categorization.

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The Staggering Number of Wrongful Convictions in America (General)
Authors:
Samuel R. Gross
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, July 24, 2015
Judge Grants New Trial for Haitian-Born Man Convicted of 1989 Sexual Battery in Orlando (General)
Authors:
Elyssa Cherney
Citation (Popular Media):
Orlando Sentinel
New Review Panel for OC Innocence Claims (General)
Authors:
Heather Yankin
Citation (Popular Media):
recordonline.com, July 28, 2015
2 Men Receive Settlement After Conviction in NC Man's Death, Trying to Get Charges Cleared (False Confessions)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
The Republic, July 23, 2015
Rock Hill Man Convicted of 2001 Rape, Murder of Daughter Seeks New Trial (False Confessions)
Authors:
Andrew Dys, July 20, 2015
Citation (Popular Media):
The Herald, July 20, 2015
Police Insider Said Chicago Detective Beat Confession from Rape Suspect (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Steve Mills
Citation (Popular Media):
Chicago Tribune, July 23, 2015
Federal Court Rules that Improved DNA Testing Technology Means Forensic Samples from Past Crimes Must be Treated as New Evidence (Forensics/DNA)
Authors:
Noel Brinkerhoff and Danny Biederman
Citation (Popular Media):
Allgov.com, July 17, 2015
L.A. County D.A. Creates a Wrongful Conviction Unit (General)
Authors:
Sarah Favot
Citation (Popular Media):
L.A. Daily News, July 4, 2015
Brothers Who Were Wrongfully Imprisoned for 1975 Murder File Suit Against City of Cleveland (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Eric Heisig
Citation (Popular Media):
Cleveland.com, July 2, 2015
Wrongly Convicted Brothers Sue City of Cleveland (Police/Prosecutorial Misconduct)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Columbus Dispatch, July 3, 2015
Man Wrongly Convicted of 1982 Killing Sues D.C. (General)
Authors:
Associated Press
Citation (Popular Media):
Newsplex.com, June 30, 2015
Oklahoma Innocence Project Says Tulsa Man Wrongly Convicted in 2001 Murder (General)
Authors:
Russel Hulstine
Citation (Popular Media):
News9.com, July 1, 2015
Man Sues District for $30 Million for Wrongful 1982 Murder Conviction (General)
Authors:
Keith L. Alexander and Wilborn Nobles III
Citation (Popular Media):
Washington Post, June 29, 2015
DA Creates Unit to Ferret Out Wrongful Convictions (General)
Authors:
Paige Austin
Citation (Popular Media):
Patch.com, June 29, 2015